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Companies, job seekers converge at Sandy job fair



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Even in a tough economy with so many jobs lost here in Utah, there are some companies that are still hiring. They took part in a job fair today in Sandy, and people came looking for work.

In the South Towne Expo Center today, it was easy to find people like Lori Ash who are looking for workers. "We really are looking for customer service-oriented people," Ash said.

Companies, job seekers converge at Sandy job fair

She's with American Family Insurance, which isn't the only company hiring. The U.S. Border Patrol, colleges, even the Transportation Security Administration were all taking part in the 2009 Career Expo.

This year there seemed to be more people looking. The tough economy, and several company layoffs in Utah, has a lot more people trying to land a job

"I want to get out there. I love interacting with people, and I feel that's a good skill I have," Taylorsville resident Michael Miller said.

Orem resident Tiffany Darrow told us, "Everybody is suffering, so it's good to get out there and see what's available to them."

Companies, job seekers converge at Sandy job fair

Although there are some two dozen companies looking for workers, it's not really that much. "This is the smallest job fair I have ever been to," Darrow said.

It's a sign companies are cutting back. "That's a little discouraging, but I'm happy to work for a company that is hiring," Ash said.

That is the reason for this job fair. Sure, there are fewer jobs available, but there are jobs available. "It's always intimidating, as when you start anything, but it's great experience nonetheless, and it's good to be here."

The job fair picks up again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Towne Expo Center. Because tomorrow is Saturday, more companies might be there. Of course, that also means more people.

E-mail: acabrero@ksl.com

Alex Cabrero

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